OKLAHOMA CITY - Thirty Oklahoma City area teachers from seven school districts were honored on Saturday, as part of the “My Teacher, My Hero” initiative in cooperation with the Big 12 Conference, the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association and the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program. Additionally, the teachers were each surprised with a $1,000 gift card from DonorsChoose.org that can be used for classroom supplies and equipment.
Earlier this year, kindergarten through sixth-grade students from seven districts in the Greater Oklahoma City area were encouraged to nominate a teacher for the “My Teacher, My Hero” program and explain why their teacher had made an impact on their lives. Over 1,600 nominations were submitted during the two-month contest.
The teachers were recognized at halftime of Saturday’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal matchup between Oklahoma and TCU at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. Many of the educators were joined by their students for the ceremony. During the recognition, the Big 12 in cooperation with OKC All-Sports and the CFP Foundation presented each teacher with $1,000 gift cards for the classroom, totaling $30,000.
“The teaching profession has a profound impact on our society, and teachers do not get thanked enough for what they do," said Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "These 30 outstanding teachers are tremendous role models for our young people and are truly deserving of recognition."
Since the 2016 football season, the Big 12 and the CFP Foundation have donated DonorChoose.org gifts cards to over 200 teachers through the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform. Those educators were nominated by Big 12 Champions for Life student-athletes each of whom nominated a teacher who impacted them academically.
Twelve educators were honored from Oklahoma City Public Schools, followed by nine from Moore Public Schools. Other school districts included were Bethany (1), Enid (1), Mid-Del (2), Newcastle (3) and Norman (2).
The CFP Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.
2018 “My Teacher, My Hero” Honorees
|Kiley Donley||Bethany Elementary||Bethany||4th|
|Pamela Allison||Epperly Heights||Mid-Del||5th|
|Jessie Brown||Midwest City Elementary||Mid-Del||2nd|
|Natalie Leach||Heritage Trails||Moore||5th|
|Dr. Amara Lett Schook||Houchin||Moore||6th|
|Karen Holsinger||Sky Ranch||Moore||K|
|Kristen Kirch||Timber Creek||Moore||Music|
|Emily Myers||Wayland Brooks||Moore||1st|
|Mandi Hahn||Newcastle Elementary||Newcastle||3rd|
|Susan O'Brien||Newcastle Elementary||Newcastle||3rd|
|Karen Wynne||Newcastle Elementary||Newcastle||3rd|
|Hayley Young||Adams||Oklahoma City||1st|
|Harold Smith||Green Pastures||Oklahoma City||K|
|Roxie Stiles||Heronville||Oklahoma City||K|
|Malorie Myers||Jackson||Oklahoma City||3rd|
|Samantha O'Shields||Kaiser||Oklahoma City||4th|
|Gena Fincher||Nichols Hills||Oklahoma City||5th|
|James Poulin||Prairie Queen||Oklahoma City||5th|
|Amanda Trimble||Southern Hills||Oklahoma City||5th|
|Jonathan Johnson||Stand Watie||Oklahoma City||4th|
|James Durley||Telstar||Oklahoma City||5th|
|Irene Garcia Martinez||Van Buren||Oklahoma City||2nd|
|Shawntae Ballard||Willbrook||Oklahoma City||5th|